Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tour of California, Stage 7: Working for Their Sprinters

With perhaps the best known sprinter in the world up the road, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).  The teams of sprinters Brian Coquard (Direct Energie) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) went to the front and put in the effort to chase the Slovakian down.  Neither of them had yet to claim a stage victory in this year's running of the Tour, and the quarry already has two victories this year.  Just behind the two teams you can just see the Yellow Jersey on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep).  He had been tested early in the stage by those in second and third overall, Rohan Dennis and Brentbookwalter, both riding for BMC Pro Cycling, and he had defended his jersey admirably.  With a flat sprinter's stage for the finale, it seems that all he need do to win the Tour of California is stay upright for one more day.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".